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Jaromir Jagr hopes to use Isles as comeback punching bag too

Nov 23, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

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As if it wasn’t bad enough for the New York Islanders on Monday night dealing with the Sidney Crosby circus, tonight they’ll get to try and handle Jaromir Jagr returning from a groin injury.

Jagr tells CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that he’ll be suiting up for tonight’s game on Long Island after missing the last two games with a slight groin injury. Jagr’s return to action against the Islanders does make for a cushy return to action given how poorly the Isles have played of late.

After getting blown out by the Bruins and Penguins in two straight games, the Isles come into tonight’s game hoping to turn things around and potentially save Jack Capuano’s job. The Isles will have to show some sort of heart tonight and they’ll have to do it while looking awfully ugly as well. At least they won’t have Chris Pronger to deal with as he won’t be playing thanks to a virus.

If Jagr turns on the wheels tonight and pulls out some of his own legendary skills, it could prove to be the straw that breaks the back of the Islanders. If you’re going to go down, going down at the hands of a future Hall Of Famer at least gives you something to hang your hat on. That might be a really glass half-full way of seeing things though.

  1. bcisleman - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Thanks for the bulletin board material, Joe. If Cappy has any sense, he will post it on the NYI board. Between that and Micheal Haley’s return, maybe he, Matt Martin, and Frans Nielsen can get the rest of the gang angry enough that they go out and take it to the Flyers.

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